News from Southern Africa


Headline: US donates over USD 11 million for demining
The United States government announced an additional donation of USD11.1 million for new humanitarian demining and arms stock control management projects in Angola. The US has so far contributed over US$145 million to these efforts in Angola and is the biggest bilateral donor to the humanitarian demining process in the country. Fourteen mine clearance teams have cleared fields classified as high priority and former battle areas in Bié, Cuando Cubango and Moxico provinces, operations in Cuando Cubango will focus on the Okavango River basin.
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Headline: Mozambique Asks EU for Military Help As Insurgency Escalates
Several months after the European Union made a vague offer of support, the Mozambican government has asked the body for ”support in the area of specialist training for the fight against terrorism and insurgency.” The support, according to reports, could take the form of training, logistics for the forces fighting the insurgency, equipment for medical assistance in combat zones, and technical capacity building. The attacks in Cabo Delgado province began in 2017 but have gathered pace. In exchange, Mozambique has agreed to open a dialogue with the EU on humanitarian issues.
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Headline: Anti-femicide protesters call for a state of emergency

Protesters in Namibia campaigning against sexual and gender-based violence are calling for a state of emergency to be declared across the country, while pledging to renew their Shut It All Down campaign of disruption if authorities do not act. The protests, planned online in response to news of another attack, left some commercial areas of the southern African nation, including the central business district of its capital, Windhoek, at a standstill over the course of four days earlier in October. While the government has since promised to tackle sexual and gender-based violence — and the protests have paused for now — activists say they want concrete action, and that their campaign would resume unless three demands are met.
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South Africa:

Headline: Presidency displaces Treasury as the heartland of economic policy

The economic recovery plan reveals how President Cyril Ramaphosa has absorbed economic policymaking into the Union Buildings. Ramaphosa’s high-level Economic Advisory Council is an instrument used by many modern leaders around the world, but it also suggests a kitchen Cabinet with increasing influence over economic policy direction. Ramaphosa’s plan pays only cursory and obligatory attention to macroeconomic factors like debt reduction and expenditure controls because it is a costly document likely to see the state taking on more debt.
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Headline: Sanctions meant to weaken Zim

Illegal economic sanctions unilaterally imposed on Zimbabwe by Western nations are motivated by a desire to slowly weaken the nation, leaving the country vulnerable to poverty, droughts and epidemics that erode national cohesion and confidence, a study by opposition parties established. The findings of the study comes at a time when the country is set to mark the SADC Anti-Sanctions Day on Sunday, a day set by regional member states to call for the unconditional removal of the unjust and evil economic sanctions.

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